Tracking the Tropics
Tropical Storm Hilary strengthening in Pacific
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Hilary has strengthened in the eastern Pacific south of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane sometime Thursday.
Hilary has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported at 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday that Hilary continues to strengthen over warm waters. Hilary was centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) south of Puerto Escondido, Mexico, and moving west-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ophelia is moving across the Atlantic with top sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). The hurricane center says little change in strength is expected over the next two days.
Ophelia is centered about 1,065 miles (1,715 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, headed west at 15 mph (24 kph).
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